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UNITED STATES, Maryland, Baltimore

Date Formed 1974

Categories: AOR, Melodic Rock

FACE DANCER

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Biography

Taking their name from Frank Herbert's 'Dune' trilogy (a Facedancer was a being with the ability to change their faces and voices as and when it suited them), FACE DANCER's debut album was produced by original KISS producer Richie Wise.The band, at first pursuing a Progressive Rock direction before switching to radio orientated melodic Rock, was formulated during 1974 by University of Rhode Island students drummer Carey Kress and keyboard player David Long. The group relocated to the Baltimore / Washington DC area, adding bassist Scott McGinn as the transition from covers to original songs took place.

FACE DANCER evolved further when crew man Billy Trainor took the position of Kress behind the drum kit as the latter switched to the lead vocal role and Jeff Adams was incorporated as lead guitarist in 1976. Long exited that same year due to health reasons. David Utter of LADY, initially hired as the band's sound technician, was promoted to rhythm guitar in 1977. It was this version of the band that signed with Capitol Records to cut the inaugural album, 1979's 'This World', in Los Angeles. Despite strong local support the album did not generate a significant national impact. Capitol Records suggested changes, resulting in the departure of both Kress, who briefly fronted HI-FI alongside ex-band mate David Long, and Utter, who then featured with FAST EDDIE.

The second album 'About Face' was recorded at Air Studios in London and features the revised line-up of Adams, Trainor and McGinn being joined by Atlanta based keyboard player / vocalist Michael Milsap. McGinn also took over a vocal role.Capitol Records let the band go in 1982. At this juncture Kress and Long rejoined the fold, whilst Tim Tanner, of CHERRY SMASH, was introduced on lead guitar. However, the group disbanded the following year. Erstwhile FACE DANCER members, including Long, McGinn and Trainor, formed Techno-Pop outfit GROWING UP DIFFERENT, a unit that persevered until 1986. McGinnrelocated to Los Angeles to feature with THE SLEEPWALKERS.

FACE DANCER, comprising vocalist Carey Kress, RAVYNS and NEVER NEVER guitarist David Bell, bassist Scott McGinn and drummer Billy Trainor, made a return in 1990 with the 'Midnite Raid' album. As well as new compositions 'Midnite Raid' incorporated re-recordings of 'Red Shoes' and 'Timebomb', both from the 'About Face' record. Former member David Utter also guested in the studio.

Vocalist Carey Kress resurfaced in 2000 as vocalist on the MAXIMUM FORCE album 'Burning In The Night'. Following a two year hiatus FACE DANCER returned to live action with a September 2003 show at the Recher Theatre in Towson, Maryland. A live album, 'Alive', added a bonus new studio track 'Nite Shift'. The new look band now featured BJ Weigman of PHOENIX RISING on bass. Meantime, the FACE DANCER credited Jeff Adams was active as a member of STARKEY DRIVE.

UK imprint remastered 'This World' for CD release in January 2009. Carey Kress succumbed to pancreatic cancer in April.

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